Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
Agreed, however "typically" this will only apply to well known reputable breeders. Unless you've managed to get your hands on "super mare", the odds that the average person is going to make a fortune selling one foal is slim to none. Making money on breeding depends on having a solid foundation of already proven dams and sires at your disposal. You're not going to produce a $10,000 weanling by breeding to the $1,000 stud down the road. Unless you know somebody, you simply will not make money selling the foal after you calculate ALL costs to breed, care and feed mare and foal for a year and a half.
I worked for a top Dressage trainer and coach a few years back when the market was GOOD. She had well bred Oldenburg mares with good bloodlines, all had been through inspection and approved. She had a well bred RCMP Hanoverian who was a proven Dressage horse, competing up to Level III and schooling Prix St Georges. Her weanling registered foals sold for roughly $5,000 a piece each - and that was a GOOD price. These are horses who are now selling as trained and competing 3 and 4 year olds for $30,000 and up.
The odds of you producing a baby so impeccable that people want to drop 20K on it are slim to none.
This is very true. If you are simply looking to make money than it's actually cheaper to find a very nice, very green 3 old, train it, and then resell. Most people that breed do not make money. It would be considered fantastic if, in the end, you broke even.